Conscious Chatter with Kestrel Jenkins
About This Show
An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. Hosted by conscious fashion freak Kestrel Jenkins, Conscious Chatter is a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the industry.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
S03 Episode 122 | ANITA VANDYKE + A ZERO WASTE LIFE
6 days ago
In episode 122, Kestrel welcomes Anita Vandyke, the author of A Zero Waste Life: in thirty days, to the show. A rocket scientist, blogger, and current student of medicine, Anita is passionate about inspiring others to be every day activists by making small, individual steps to reduce their waste. "Zero waste living to me means reducing your waste, but also at the same time, it means not wasting away your life - so, not wasting your time, your energy, and finding purpose in your life." -Anita Vandyke, Author of A Zero Waste Life In this episode, Anita shares more on her path toward a more zero waste life, how she wasn't always a minimalist, and how she gradually evolved from her past maximalist lifestyle. Additionally, Anita shares some really digestible, accessible tips to help us think about reducing waste while traveling and beyond. For her, there isn't one specific way to work toward a more zero waste lifestyle, which is why she built a tiered system that offers options for you, depending on what's going on in your life at different time periods. For Anita, it's about having grace for yourself throughout the process, and always understanding that life happens. The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat: Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance Anita's 3 Steps To Zero Waste Method: 1) Reduced Waste Option 2) Low Waste Option 3) Zero Waste Option "It's also a big reminder when you go into a thrift store that fashion has become almost worthless. So, when you see the sale of a jacket or a dress for $3.99, which is less than a coffee in San Francisco, you have to question yourself: how far have we come that fashion is so worthless?" "I like to use the terminology that we have enough." "You can be passionate about a way of living such as zero waste living, but you don't have to be militant about it." Anita suggests to bring your own Zero Waste Kit with you when you travel, including the below: + napkin, stainless steel straw, reusable coffee cup, reusable drink bottle + cutlery "It's like any muscle, though - if you make a conscious decision, it's a muscle that you work at - mindfulness is a muscle, so if you keep practicing at it, it will get easier." Book Recommendation From Intro:Give A Shit | Do Good. Live Better. Save The Planet by Ashlee PiperRead more »
Rated 5 out of
Best Fashion Podcast Ever!!!
I absolutely LOVE this show! I've been a fan since the start and had found every episode extremely interesting, informative, and remarkably positive. Kestral Jenkins is doing an amazing job bringing light to a multi-faceted issue and leaving no stone unturned in the process.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of
Moving the Conscious Fashion Conversation Forward
I doubt she’d remember this, but years ago while I was shopping for new shoes, Kestrel Jenkins helped direct me, through another of her ventures, to some fair trade options. So I’m very pleased to have happened upon her ongoing work via the excellent Conscious Chatter podcast.
Fashion was never something very much on my mind, but clothing is a basic necessity, which means it is also basic to many of the human rights and environmental issues that I’m working to become more aware of. I didn’t realize, for example, that the apparel industry was the world’s second largest polluter after oil. As Jenkins says, “what we wear matters,” yet consumers have been slow to pay the same level of attention to the clothes we put on our bodies as we do to the food we put in them.
It’s clear that Jenkins has spent many years advancing this conversation on ethical fashion, and the podcast provides a great service connecting listeners to her network of guests including designers, producers, entrepreneurs, and activists. The discussions on Conscious Chatter are informative and insightful but also unexpectedly personal, sometimes even quite intense, reflecting the host’s interest in reshaping our understanding of fashion by relating the stories behind the clothes we wear. The candid nature of the podcast makes it the perfect medium for telling these stories.
Most essential is the positivity that Jenkins brings to the conversation. The purpose is not to shame or paralyze listeners with heavy talk of the tremendous water waste in jeans production or the deplorable conditions in garment factories, but to motivate them by suggesting real steps to move things forward. Inspiring listeners to learn, reflect, and apply, Conscious Chatter brings a much needed voice to the fashion space.
Date published: 2016-11-23